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Clothilde / João Hã? // Downhill Vignettes / Quadruped Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas TAPE

Clothilde / João Hã? // Downhill Vignettes / Quadruped Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas TAPE

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This is a split cassette by Portuguese experimental musicians Clothilde and João Hã?, released in June 2024 by the Lisbon-based experimental label Holuzam, in a limited edition of 6 copies.

Contains 19 tracks (2 albums' worth) ranging from noise-inducing strange beats to standing-on-the-floor drone techno to a barrage of drones.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"These two albums came together naturally. Although both come from substantially different geographies and intentions, a certain common sonic territory emerged and became a common habitat. They share a spontaneity in their production methods, experimentation as an ethic and creative impulse, and an underlying desire for transformation. They want to achieve an artistic discourse that respects intuition rather than polishing or embellishing. Both artists (Clothilde and João Hã?) are skilled and differentiated in their approach to electronics.

"Downhill Vignettes" appeared casually during Clothilde's long and intimate period of research, mentalization and concentration leading up to the writing of her next album (due for release in late 2024). "I started by listening to the past albums, then I felt the need to listen to the jams, recordings, rehearsals and live performances to understand what had happened." When we hear her side on this tape, we are in fact witnessing the stages of a better journey, in the form of tests and ideas that are destined to lead the artist to a finished work of art. She critically reviewed the bulk of the recorded, mostly unreleased material, and selected key moments from the many hours.

As I collected these pieces, I realized that here too I found a complete work of art. The austere beauty found in these nine tracks shows seriousness and dedication, evoking an otherworldly atmosphere that is organic and synthetic at the same time. The concise stories have (frequently) open endings, and if we are immersed in the sound and wish to place these stories alongside an already established collective, it is indifferent. The open endings are followed up in our minds. A forbidden planet to which we have been granted access.

João Hã is his main project.This is a different approach from Calhau!The path to "Quadrúpede Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas" is impossible to explain in strict chronology, as it was scattered over several years until the final mixing stage. The bypassing of schedules and timeframes echoes another way of expressing freedom: the diversity of recording methods: digital recorders, dictaphones, mobile phones, smartphones, tape recorders (and even microcassettes). He presupposes (almost plans) this diversity, allowing him to creatively address different outcomes later.

They are kept as raw as possible, and the parts are combined "to convey the feeling of something that for some reason does not solidify, a barely recognizable form, something that does not quite hold its present state. (Soft music that does not solidify.)" This softness also reaches us through the words of "Olá Pesadelo", read the full text of "plotfold", published in 2021 under the name Jon Von Calàt.

While there are clear references to the objects used to obtain sound that go all the way back to the early days of electronic music and musique concrète, the music of QEBDG exists in the present, frozen in liquid form (as nonsense as that may sound), ready to flow and lull the listener.

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Holuzam releases available at Tobira. 

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Ask us for digital files. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 70. 

tracklist:

1. Clothilde - Zero-Zero 04:06
2. Clothilde - Lost 01:50
3. Clothilde - Muddy 04:14
4. Clothilde - Uneven 01:46
5. Clothilde - Puzzled 07:46
6. Clothilde - Nibble 01:39
7. Clothilde - Flicker 02:10
8. Clothilde - Jolt 02:02
9. Clothilde - Reach 09:49
10. João Hã - The Great Passage in Anecdote 00:30
11. João Hã - Elegia for Necrofolias 04:06
12. João Hã - Clumsy Clock 03:02
13. João Hã - Piano Mole 07:43
14. João Hã - QEBDG 01:05
15. João Hã - A Pequena Bebedeira 02:43
16. João Hã - Fantasmas of Carne & Osso 02:33
17. João Hã - Cristal Camp 03:19
18. João Hã - Olá Pesadelo 05:56
19. João Hã - Mosquito Quitado 01:07

Holuzam:

"The coming together of these two albums happened naturally. Although both stem from substantially different areas and intentions, a kind of common sonic territory revealed itself, a common habitat. They share a similar spontaneity regarding production methods, experimentation as ethics and creative stimulus, an underlying desire for transformation. Not wanting to polish or embellish, but rather to achieve an artistic discourse respectful of intuition. We speak of two artists (Clothilde and João Hã?) whose approach to electronic equipment is well seasoned and differentiated, they are owners of individual visions and sources of aesthetic statements with a rightful place in the contemporary world.

"Downhill Vignettes" manifests itself quite casually during Clothilde's long and intimate research, mentalization and focus leading to the composition of her next album (to be released later in 2024): "I started by listening to previous albums and then I felt the need to listen to jams, recordings, rehearsals and even gigs in order to understand what had happened." When listening to her side on this tape, we are in fact witnessing phases of a betterment journey in the form of tests and ideas destined to carry the artist into a finished work of art. She rigorously reviewed the bulk of her recorded and Mainly unreleased material and chose key moments out of many hours.

Having collected these pieces, there came the illumination that here, also, is a finished work of art. The austere beauty found in the 9 tracks reveals seriousness and commitment, it evokes an otherworldly atmosphere as much synthetic as organic. Concise narratives with (frequent) open endings, which are indifferent if we immerse ourselves in the sound, if we wish to co-inhabit these stories with their already established population. Open endings are then followed up within our minds. A Forbidden Planet with granted access.

João Hã? comes disconnected from his main project Calhau! (with Marta Ângela). It is impossible to attribute a rigid timeline to the proceedings that led up to "Quadrúpede Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas", as they are scattered throughout several years up until the final mixing stage. That bypassing of schedules and time frames echoes one other expression of freedom: the variety of recording methods. The artist enumerates "digital recorders, dictaphone, cellphone, smartphone, tape recorder (also microcassettes)". He assumes (we could almost say plans) the diversity so he can later deal creatively with the different results.

Those are kept as raw as possible, parts are combined "to convey the sensation of something that for some reason experiences a difficulty in becoming solid, a barely recognizable shape, something that can't really hold its current state properly. (...) A soft music that is unable to harden." This softness also reaches us via the words in "Olá Pesadelo", where the artist reads the full "plotfold" book he published in 2021 under the name Jon Von Calàt.

We can go back as far as the pioneering years of electronic music or concrète music explicitly referring to objects used to obtain sound, but the music in "QEBDG" exists in the present, fixed in liquid form (this sounds nonsense), ready to flow and available to lull whoever is listening, like a cable car loop with passengers stepping in and out in permanent rotation.
"

Artist: Clothilde / João Hã?

Label: Holuzam

CAT No: ZAM038

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This is a split cassette by Portuguese experimental musicians Clothilde and João Hã?, released in June 2024 by the Lisbon-based experimental label Holuzam, in a limited edition of 6 copies.

Contains 19 tracks (2 albums' worth) ranging from noise-inducing strange beats to standing-on-the-floor drone techno to a barrage of drones.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"These two albums came together naturally. Although both come from substantially different geographies and intentions, a certain common sonic territory emerged and became a common habitat. They share a spontaneity in their production methods, experimentation as an ethic and creative impulse, and an underlying desire for transformation. They want to achieve an artistic discourse that respects intuition rather than polishing or embellishing. Both artists (Clothilde and João Hã?) are skilled and differentiated in their approach to electronics.

"Downhill Vignettes" appeared casually during Clothilde's long and intimate period of research, mentalization and concentration leading up to the writing of her next album (due for release in late 2024). "I started by listening to the past albums, then I felt the need to listen to the jams, recordings, rehearsals and live performances to understand what had happened." When we hear her side on this tape, we are in fact witnessing the stages of a better journey, in the form of tests and ideas that are destined to lead the artist to a finished work of art. She critically reviewed the bulk of the recorded, mostly unreleased material, and selected key moments from the many hours.

As I collected these pieces, I realized that here too I found a complete work of art. The austere beauty found in these nine tracks shows seriousness and dedication, evoking an otherworldly atmosphere that is organic and synthetic at the same time. The concise stories have (frequently) open endings, and if we are immersed in the sound and wish to place these stories alongside an already established collective, it is indifferent. The open endings are followed up in our minds. A forbidden planet to which we have been granted access.

João Hã is his main project.This is a different approach from Calhau!The path to "Quadrúpede Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas" is impossible to explain in strict chronology, as it was scattered over several years until the final mixing stage. The bypassing of schedules and timeframes echoes another way of expressing freedom: the diversity of recording methods: digital recorders, dictaphones, mobile phones, smartphones, tape recorders (and even microcassettes). He presupposes (almost plans) this diversity, allowing him to creatively address different outcomes later.

They are kept as raw as possible, and the parts are combined "to convey the feeling of something that for some reason does not solidify, a barely recognizable form, something that does not quite hold its present state. (Soft music that does not solidify.)" This softness also reaches us through the words of "Olá Pesadelo", read the full text of "plotfold", published in 2021 under the name Jon Von Calàt.

While there are clear references to the objects used to obtain sound that go all the way back to the early days of electronic music and musique concrète, the music of QEBDG exists in the present, frozen in liquid form (as nonsense as that may sound), ready to flow and lull the listener.

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Holuzam releases available at Tobira. 

-------------------------------

Ask us for digital files. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 70. 

tracklist:

1. Clothilde - Zero-Zero 04:06
2. Clothilde - Lost 01:50
3. Clothilde - Muddy 04:14
4. Clothilde - Uneven 01:46
5. Clothilde - Puzzled 07:46
6. Clothilde - Nibble 01:39
7. Clothilde - Flicker 02:10
8. Clothilde - Jolt 02:02
9. Clothilde - Reach 09:49
10. João Hã - The Great Passage in Anecdote 00:30
11. João Hã - Elegia for Necrofolias 04:06
12. João Hã - Clumsy Clock 03:02
13. João Hã - Piano Mole 07:43
14. João Hã - QEBDG 01:05
15. João Hã - A Pequena Bebedeira 02:43
16. João Hã - Fantasmas of Carne & Osso 02:33
17. João Hã - Cristal Camp 03:19
18. João Hã - Olá Pesadelo 05:56
19. João Hã - Mosquito Quitado 01:07

Holuzam:

"The coming together of these two albums happened naturally. Although both stem from substantially different areas and intentions, a kind of common sonic territory revealed itself, a common habitat. They share a similar spontaneity regarding production methods, experimentation as ethics and creative stimulus, an underlying desire for transformation. Not wanting to polish or embellish, but rather to achieve an artistic discourse respectful of intuition. We speak of two artists (Clothilde and João Hã?) whose approach to electronic equipment is well seasoned and differentiated, they are owners of individual visions and sources of aesthetic statements with a rightful place in the contemporary world.

"Downhill Vignettes" manifests itself quite casually during Clothilde's long and intimate research, mentalization and focus leading to the composition of her next album (to be released later in 2024): "I started by listening to previous albums and then I felt the need to listen to jams, recordings, rehearsals and even gigs in order to understand what had happened." When listening to her side on this tape, we are in fact witnessing phases of a betterment journey in the form of tests and ideas destined to carry the artist into a finished work of art. She rigorously reviewed the bulk of her recorded and Mainly unreleased material and chose key moments out of many hours.

Having collected these pieces, there came the illumination that here, also, is a finished work of art. The austere beauty found in the 9 tracks reveals seriousness and commitment, it evokes an otherworldly atmosphere as much synthetic as organic. Concise narratives with (frequent) open endings, which are indifferent if we immerse ourselves in the sound, if we wish to co-inhabit these stories with their already established population. Open endings are then followed up within our minds. A Forbidden Planet with granted access.

João Hã? comes disconnected from his main project Calhau! (with Marta Ângela). It is impossible to attribute a rigid timeline to the proceedings that led up to "Quadrúpede Ergue-se Bípede De Gatas", as they are scattered throughout several years up until the final mixing stage. That bypassing of schedules and time frames echoes one other expression of freedom: the variety of recording methods. The artist enumerates "digital recorders, dictaphone, cellphone, smartphone, tape recorder (also microcassettes)". He assumes (we could almost say plans) the diversity so he can later deal creatively with the different results.

Those are kept as raw as possible, parts are combined "to convey the sensation of something that for some reason experiences a difficulty in becoming solid, a barely recognizable shape, something that can't really hold its current state properly. (...) A soft music that is unable to harden." This softness also reaches us via the words in "Olá Pesadelo", where the artist reads the full "plotfold" book he published in 2021 under the name Jon Von Calàt.

We can go back as far as the pioneering years of electronic music or concrète music explicitly referring to objects used to obtain sound, but the music in "QEBDG" exists in the present, fixed in liquid form (this sounds nonsense), ready to flow and available to lull whoever is listening, like a cable car loop with passengers stepping in and out in permanent rotation.
"

Artist: Clothilde / João Hã?

Label: Holuzam

CAT No: ZAM038